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Current State Department List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

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Foreign Terrorist Organizations

Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) are foreign organizations that are designated by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended. FTO designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to get out of the terrorism business.

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Updated 03-01-2018 at 02:06 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    No one questions the need to maintain the utmost vigilance against foreign terrorism. Nor has Trump been receiving sufficient credit from the media for the military actions he has launched or supported against ISIS, which has now largely been destroyed.

    But radical Islamist terrorism is by no means the only danger to the safety and well-being of the American people and to our democracy.

    The 17 innocent children who were murdered in cold blood at Parkland high school were not killed by a Muslim terrorist - or by an immigrant from anywhere. If the deranged killer who snuffed out their lived with a military-style assault weapon which no civilian should ever have been allowed to own had - or would be owning except to the NRA - been a Muslim - one can be sure that Trump would have been calling for registration, if not actual relocation, of Muslim -Americans and surveillance, if not shutting down, of US mosques.

    If the killer had been an immigrant from any country, one can be sure that Trump would be calling to abolish whatever kind of visa that person, or perhaps his parents, had come to the US with and vilifying thousands or millions of other people who came with that same type of visa as dangers to US safety and security. This is exactly what he did in his State of the Union speech and various other statements with regard to extended family immigration - ignoring the fact that his own mother, grandfather and, just recently, parents in law, came to the US by that same method that he now wants to take away from potentially millions of future primarily Latin American, Asian, African and Middle Eastern immigrants in order to tilt America's immigration system back toward predominance by Europe, as was the case before 1965.

    Yes, we have to be vigilant against external threats to America's safety and democracy. But what about the internal threats, such as the alarming increase in anti-Jewish assaults in America, reportedly almost 2,000, which took place in America last year alone? If these vicious attackers, or even any single one of them, had been screaming "God is Great" instead of some Nazi-style anti-Jewish slogans during the attack or attacks. one can be sure that we would be hearing much more about this from Donald Trump and his supporters who want to close America's borders to all but white, Christian (or Jewish) immigrants.

    Most of all, where are the threats to America's democracy coming from today? Yes, they do come from what is left of ISIS and other anti-democratic, terrorist organizations such as those which are on the State Department list. No one should ignore this very real danger.

    But there is another danger to our democracy as well- one coming from a president of the United States whose actions, even involving his closest and most loyal associates - people who have been devoting their careers to carrying out his agendas in immigration and many other areas - such as John Kelly, Jeff Sessions, Hope Hicks - the list grows almost day by day - can only be politely described as "erratic" - which everyone in Americas knows means the shouting, berating and humiliating directed against real or imagined opponents. All of these are classic signs of possible mental health issues according to professionals who have had the courage to speak out.

    What about the threat to our democracy coming from a chief executive who demands "loyalty" from every government official to himself, not to the Constitution, who attacks an independent press as "enemies of the people" and who calls members of an independent judiciary "so called judges", while calling people who failed to applaud during his State of the Union speech "treasonous"?

    A president who recently joked about wanting to emulate China's president by becoming "president for life" - was this really a joke?

    A president who insists on staging a North Korea or Soviet-style military parade - while he is still under investigation for possible collusion by himself or his staff for with arguably the most dangerous and powerful foreign dictator of all, Vladimir Putin - who unquestionably tried to skew the last election in Trump's favor and who will undoubtedly try to do so again?

    Are these not also dangers to America's safety and democracy?

    If America loses its already fragile democracy and becomes a dictatorship, and future historians ask how this came about, they will no doubt attribute the loss of our country's freedom - at least in part - to the Faustian bargain which immigration opponents made with Donald Trump to put and keep him in the white House as long as he promised to carry out policies which would destroy the legal immigration system which has been open to immigrants from every part of the world for the past half century, without regard to race, color or religion, and replace it with one oriented to white European immigrants only.

    Should not the American people, and our elected representatives be concerning themselves about these dangers to our democracy too, instead of focusing on ways and means accomplishing Trump's agenda of keeping more parents, siblings and adult children of US citizens out of the US because they have darker skin color than the members of Trump's own family who came to America the same way?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 03-04-2018 at 05:08 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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    For a direct link to the latest (March 3)Washington Post story on how "Madness", based on the president'
    s "fundamentally distorted personality" has taken over the White House, see:

    Based on reports such as the above, which is only one of many similar ones dealing with possible mental health issues involving America's chief executive and the world's most powerful leader, it should not come as any surprise that a key piece of Trump's program is a fundamentally distorted immigration policy based on the alleged "merit" of coming mainly or exclusively from the white countries of Europe rather than from the "shithole" countries of Africa and other non-white parts of the world, to use the president's own terminology.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 03-05-2018 at 11:30 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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